This is the theme of my talk at Open Sanctuary on 9th April 2016. I have written a bit of an accompanying paper which you can access on www.davidoliphant.org/blog To my mind this is an important theme given that religion now appears little understood and is to be decried and dismissed as something vaguely to do with God. Spirituality also for many is something you have when you are not having religion; and it does not need any religious authority to tell you what to believe. Be interested in any comments.
Our Easter vigil begins in silence, reflecting on the quietness of our fears and the inevitability of death.
As evening enfolds us, we light a candle to dispel the darkness, and acknowledge the presence of another with us.
We meditate on the miracle of life given to us and in the creation around us as the birds settle in the evening,
and the mountain quiets itself for the night.
We hold our intention for Easter vigil in the silence, reflecting . . . this benevolent other is always there waiting for me to be still.
I am grateful to be able to find time to spend in this presence.
"I am free." When I meditate on these words I sense with awe what it means to be free.
I will take rest and refreshment in stillness and the gift of freedom.
I open up my heart, simply allowing everything that troubles me or gives me joy,
and I know that all the concerns in my life and in the world are shared by the whole creation.
To live in the knowledge that I am cared for today, tomorrow and all the days of my life is the source of joy.
A light in the darkness – eternally offered, gratefully received.
I am a feather on the breath of God.